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Ian Abley
architect, researcher at the Modern Masonry Alliance, and co-director of audacity
We all require better than basic, and the potential to mass-produce excellent housing has never been greater than it is today.
Professor Thomas M Addiscott
soil scientist, computer modeller and science writer
The world is collectively dependent on nitrogen fertilizer produced by the Haber-Bosch process, without which agriculture could support only half as many people as are alive today, and then with very basic, predominantly vegetarian diets
Anjana Ahuja
science columnist at The Times
Superstition and sentiment are no substitute for scientific evidence; scientists, politicians and the media and theologians should be bolder about saying so.
David Ampofo
chief executive of Channel Two Communications
The key challenge is to use education to unlock the mind's potential rather than simply transfer information from one to another.
Josie Appleton new
convenor of the Manifesto Club
The challenge for 2024 is to provide cultural support for individuals who are keen to understand the world and find out how much they can do in it.
Julian Baggini
philosopher, author, and editor of the Philosophers' Magazine
If we want a ‘second enlightenment’ we need to remember just how sceptical thinkers like Hume were about the power of reason.
Richard Bailey
professor of pedagogy at the School of Education at Roehampton University, and writer on children's development and schooling
A good starting point for anyone aiming to promote learning is to ask 'to what problem is this a solution?'
Dr Philip Ball
consultant editor at Nature, and science writer
I’d like to see science find its proper social role as an enabler and a humanistic endeavour, rather than being seen as either a panacea or the source of all ills.
Neil Bartlett
emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of California in Berkeley
The need to end the use of fossil fuels, suggests that at least for our transportation needs, we should invest in a large-scale research effort to make highly efficient long-lived rechargeable batteries, of low weight and high power
Professor David Baulcombe new
head of the Baulcombe Group at the John Innes Centre
Knowledge about epigenetics and other complex aspects of living systems will help us understand ourselves, the living world and the most effective ways to develop biotechnology for healthcare and agriculture
Michael Baum
emeritus professor of surgery and visiting professor of medical humanities at University College London, chair of the Psychosocial Oncology Committee at the National Cancer Research Institute, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Surgery
If as a society we wish to make progress not only in science and medicine but also in our quality of life, then we must challenge the threat of the anti-science lobby by bringing the intellectual honesty of the scientific process into the political arena
Daniel Ben-Ami
writer and commentator on economics and finance
Increasing affluence provides the means and resources to create a better future.
George Blecher
journalist and author
We need to return to doing things for the love of the task, not just to make money.
Dr Sonja A Boehmer-Christiansen
reader in geography at the University of Hull, and editor of Energy and Environment
Trade in energy will remain a major international business and expert advice should come from physicists, engineers and economists rather than environmentalists
Don Braben
high-energy physicist, visiting professor of research innovation at University College London, and founder of Venture Research International
The most important threat by far comes to us today from the insidious tides of bureaucracy because they strangle human ingenuity and undermine our very ability to cope.
Tracey Brown
director of Sense About Science
Contrary to the view of the hero of the popular Clooney film, Good Night and Good Luck, we don’t all have to be prisoners of our own experience and prejudices. At certain moments, there is nothing more exciting than discovering you are wrong.
Donald Browne
professor of communication studies at the University of Minnesota
It will be become simpler for individuals to pre-select what they wish to read and watch, to interact with much of that material, and to do so on their own individually-created schedules.
Geoffrey Burnstock
professor of anatomy at University College London, director of the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute, and editor-in-chief of Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical and Purinergic Signalling
The key challenges in my field - biomedical research - include alleviating pain and the development of vaccines against HIV and flu
Amir Butler
executive director of the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee
Society must renew its faith in freedom of speech as one of the most important tools we have in both protecting our societies from extremist ideas, oppressive or transgressive government, and allowing the peaceful coexistence of different and often competing ideologies and belief-systems.
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